Collaborating centres

Networks of WHO collaborating centres

In January 2000, the Executive Board urged the Member States to make full use of WHO collaborating centres as sources of information, services and expertise, and to strengthen their own national capacity for training, research and collaboration for health development. At the same time, it encouraged centres to develop working relations with other centres and national institutions recognized by WHO, in particular by setting up or joining collaborative networks with WHO's support.

Networks of collaborating centres have been created in many technical areas. For examples please see the following links:

"In everything we do, WHO relies on the expertise of hundreds of formal WHO Collaborating Centres, in your countries, and thousands of the best brains in science, medicine, and public health, in your countries. They give us their time freely and it is my strong impression that they do so with pride."
Dr Margaret Chan, Director-General, address to the Sixty-fourth World Health Assembly, 16 May 2011

Dr Margaret Chan


On 5/May/2015, the The Mycetoma Research Centre, University of Khartoum, Khartoum, Sudan has been designated as a WHO Collaborating Centre on Mycetoma. More information

On 22/May/2015, the Institute of Parasitic Diseases (IPD), Chinese Center for Diseases Control and Prevention (China CDC), Shanghai, China has been designated as a WHO Collaborating Center for Tropical Diseases. More information

On 22/May/2015 the Research and Molecular Development, Epidemiology, and Virology, Victorian Infectious Diseases Reference Laboratory (VIDRL), Melbourne, Australia has been designated as a WHO Collaborating Centre for Viral Hepatitis in Tuberculosis . More information